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* Driver must live somewhere within our hiring area.
* Driver has a current Class A CDL.
* CDL must be from the driver’s state of residence or the driver must be willing to obtain it within 30 days of hire.
* Must be 23 years of age.
* Must have a minimum of 6 full months of OTR experience in the last 12 months, and at least 12 months OTR experience in the last 36 months
* No serious DAC / Work Record issues.
* No serious MVR issues.
* Has a current Long form DOT physical and medical card.
Heartland Express has a number of divisions that will meet the needs of many different drivers. Each division has a specific running area and hiring area.
Salaried Divisions In:
must be domiciled within 50 miles of home terminal running area is a 250 mile radius
Salaried drivers are out Monday – Friday (home every weekend) with guaranteed minimum weekly salary.
Heartland Express has many regional divisions set up to accommodate a driver’s need to be home more often.
Typically, the following home time parameters will apply:
Regional: These drivers are typically out 5 to 7 days at a time and Heartland
will make every effort to get drivers home 3 out of 4 weekends.
OTR: System (OTR) drivers are typically out 10 to 14 days at a time and
home every other weekend.
Teams: Teams have variable home time, set up to accommodate the
needs of individual teams. Some teams like to be home often and
other teams might like to run out for months at a time.
Run 2 weeks Get home for 2 days
Run 3 weeks Get home for 3 to 4 days
Run 4 weeks or more Get home for 5 days
There will be many times when drivers will have things they need to attend to at home, such as family functions, doctor’s appointments, legal appointments, etc. that do not fall within the normal home time parameters. When these things come up, there will usually be no issue with working around the requests if advanced notice has been given.
Heartland Express does not bank days as we believe in giving excellent weekly home time in the first place. If a driver wants extra time at home, again the driver just needs to communicate that with his fleet manager.
Finally, if a driver is taking extended home time whether through vacation or extra time off, the driver must understand that if he or she will be home for more than 4 days, the truck must be taken back to the terminal.
Heartland Express determines the pay for a company driver based on the amount of verified over-the-road driving experience. There are also several different pay scales that are set up to correspond to the different freight rates one might find in various areas.
Below are the current base pay scales for Heartland Express company drivers for each division. These pay scales do not include the $.01 per mile safety bonus or the $.04 per mile green mile bonus. All miles are paid loaded and empty and are based off of a current version of the Rand-McNally mover's guide. Pay is direct-deposited into a checking account or mailed out weekly, with payroll being done on Friday. Every load the driver completes by Friday at 12:00 AM (midnight) will be paid out to the driver on the following Friday paycheck.
Divisions 002, 006, 007, 008, 011, 012, & 017
Divisions 005, 010, & 016
v CPM stands for Cents Per Mile
Salaried Drivers ( per week)
While Heartland Express does not require drivers to have their hazmat endorsement, we do encourage it. Drivers with the hazmat endorsement will earn an extra $.01 per mile for all dispatch miles. The cost of getting a hazmat ranges from $100 to just over $200, depending on the state. So it is definitely worth picking up.
Heartland rewards safe driving and pays each driver an annual Safety Bonus of $.01 for every dispatch mile run over the course of the year with Heartland Express. The bonus is paid out on one lump-sum check on the driver's anniversary date with Heartland Express. Only preventable accidents will affect the amount of their Safety Bonus as the amount of any preventable accidents will be deducted from the bonus. If the preventable accident turns out to be more than what the bonus would be, the safety bonus date is reset.
Heartland Express has developed a program called Green Mile$, where drivers who run miles in the Northeast section of the country – known as the green zone – will make an extra $.04 per mile bonus over and above their standard pay rate when they are up in that area of the country. We know that the Northeast is a tougher area to run, so we believe in rewarding the drivers for going up there.
The green zone is the area east of I-81 from New York down to Maryland. Any time a driver is east of that line, their pay rate is $.04 higher than their normal pay rate. Once the driver crosses back over that line heading west, their pay reverts back to normal.
Some drivers may ask if that pay is based on pick-up point and destination point. It is not. It is only in effect when they are east of the line. For example, if a driver picks up a load in Dallas, TX and takes it to Portland, ME, the driver will be paid his or her standard mileage rate until he or she hits I-81. At that point, the Green Mile$ bonus kicks in and the driver stays at the bonus rate until they come back across the line. That means if they pick up the next load in Portland, ME and takes that to Columbus, OH, they will get Green Mile$ bonus pay until they hit I-81 again, then standard pay the rest of the way.